Romney’s seemingly genuine conversion to pro-life

Paul Nachman writes:

I’ve no argument with your ire at Romney for his behavior on the charges against the gasbag. (But would such means never find justification in ends? What if you could have spared the nation Obama by such means?)

Nevertheless, Coulter defenestrates the gasbag again, and makes a very good case for Romney in several ways. Although abortion is a subject that doesn’t grab me, I think this is a pretty good story:

Romney’s one great “flip-flop” is on abortion. (I thought the reason we argued with people about abortion was to try to get them to “flip-flop” on this issue. Sometimes it works!)

Nearly two decades ago, when Romney was trying to defeat champion desecrator of life Sen. Teddy Kennedy, he sought to remove abortion as a campaign issue by declaring that he, too, supported Roe v. Wade.

(Nonetheless, Kennedy ran a campaign commercial against him featuring a Mormon woman complaining that Romney, as a Mormon elder, had pressured her not to have an abortion, but to give the child up for adoption. Are you getting the idea that Massachusetts is different from the rest of America, readers?)

Romney changed his mind on abortion—not when it was politically advantageous, but when it mattered. As governor of liberal, pro-choice Massachusetts, he vetoed an embryonic stem cell bill and “worked closely” with Massachusetts Citizens for Life. The president of MCL recently issued a statement saying that, “since being elected governor, Mitt Romney has had a consistent commitment to the culture of life.”

He didn’t defend his changed position by saying he was a “historian,” or denounce people who raised the switch as “fundamentally” dishonest asking “absurd” questions, or go back and forth and back and forth. He just said he changed his mind.

Meanwhile, Gingrich, who has run for office only in a small, majority Republican, undoubtedly pro-life congressional district, lobbied President Bush to support embryonic stem cell research.

I’ll have to assume that Coulter didn’t spin any of those facts.

The rest of the piece is excellent. And there’s a terrific one-liner about Barney Frank.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at January 26, 2012 09:06 AM | Send

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